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How NASA Plans to Land Humans on Mars

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/20 04:04 CST

On the surface, NASA's humans to Mars plans seem vague and disjointed. But that's because the agency is playing the long game. Right now, it may be the only game they can play.

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SpaceShipTwo Feathering System Prematurely Deployed before Fatal Breakup

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/03 11:33 CST | 1 comments

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo disintegrated shortly after the space plane's tail stabilizers prematurely deployed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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[Update 1] Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Destroyed in Testing Accident, 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/31 02:25 CDT | 2 comments

The private spaceflight company's spaceplane was destroyed in an accident over California's Mojave Desert.

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A (Difficult) Day in the Solar System

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2014/10/30 10:05 CDT | 13 comments

After a bad day on the launch pad, some perspective.

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The Antares Accident: Whose Rocket Was It?
Hint: not NASA's.

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2014/10/30 01:21 CDT | 10 comments

Despite some in the media declaring it a NASA rocket disaster, Antares represents a new way of doing business. It's owned by a private company providing a service to NASA to resupply the space station. How is this different from other rockets NASA uses?

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[Update 2] Antares Rocket Explodes Seconds after Liftoff

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/28 06:13 CDT | 4 comments

An Antares rocket fell back to the launch pad shortly after liftoff, exploding in a fireball that destroyed the vehicle.

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NASA Kicks Off a Private Space Race Between Boeing and SpaceX

Posted by Jason DavisCasey Dreier on 2014/09/17 12:55 CDT | 9 comments

Boeing and SpaceX have won multi-billion dollar contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

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An Updated List of NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Milestones

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/09/12 04:42 CDT | 7 comments

Ahead of NASA's CCiCap partner selection, here is an up-to-date list of each company's milestones.

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Planetary Science Gets Its Day in Congress
Watch our President testify on Sept. 10th

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2014/09/09 04:45 CDT

Watch Planetary Society President Jim Bell testify before a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday, September 10th.

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The Future of Human Spaceflight – A Public Forum

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2014/03/31 05:37 CDT | 10 comments

A panel of three former astronauts will discuss the future of human spaceflight at a public event at the California Institute of Technology's Beckman Auditorium, Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 8 pm.

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A Report from the First Hearing on the 2015 NASA Budget
The House Space Subcommittee Gets First Crack at the President's Budget

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2014/03/27 12:07 CDT | 4 comments

An animated NASA Administrator defended the commercial crew program as the fastest way to return to American access to low-Earth orbit in a hearing before the House Space Subcommittee today.

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What is NASA for?

Posted by Craig Hardgrove on 2014/02/12 04:19 CST | 3 comments

Planetary scientist Craig Hardgrove takes a look at what NASA really does for humanity.

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SpaceX’s Upgraded Falcon Delivers Satellite to Geostationary Orbit

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/12/03 10:45 CST | 4 comments

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket delivered a communications satellite to geostationary orbit, marking an important milestone for the private spaceflight company.

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A Big Day for Commercial Spaceflight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/29 11:42 CDT | 1 comments

On Sunday, Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus resupply spacecraft was berthed to the ISS, while SpaceX's upgraded Falcon 9 lifted off from the California coast.

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Cygnus Aborts Station Approach, Will Retry Tuesday

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/22 05:46 CDT

The private spacecraft Cygnus was forced to abort its first attempt to berth with the International Space Station Sunday morning due to a software glitch.

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Antares and Cygnus blast off to International Space Station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/18 11:09 CDT | 1 comments

Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket lifted off from the Virginia coast this morning, successfully carrying the first operational Cygnus resupply spacecraft into orbit.

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Cygnus ready to spread its wings, fly to ISS

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/16 01:43 CDT

Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus spacecraft will launch to the International Space Station Wednesday atop an Antares rocket.

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Dream Chaser mini-shuttle prepares for free flight tests

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/08/15 03:42 CDT | 4 comments

Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser spacecraft recently completed a series of range and taxi tow tests, which pave the way for free flights that could begin this fall.

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POSTPONED: Planetary Society Hangout, Planetary Resources' Chris Lewicki

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/06/05 11:23 CDT

The Hangout has been postponed because of technical difficulties. Stay tuned for rescheduling information.

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Planetary Resources' Crowdfunded Space Telescope

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/05/31 11:25 CDT | 2 comments

A fan-funded space telescope, usable by the public? It's an awesome idea, and it appears that a wide swath of the public agrees. Planetary Resources, headed by president and chief engineer Chris Lewicki, announced a Kickstarter project yesterday, with the goal of raising $1 million toward one of their ARKYD space telescopes.

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